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#106 wobbo

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:47 PM

yeah we had some long drivers, its the angle thats the prob, going to try again,



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#107 stebo88

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 05:39 PM

I have the same problem with my 07 focus. When the bonnet is down it is a nightmare to open again but once its open the mechanism works fine. Can it be fixed? Everytime i need to get into me bonnet it takes ages to get it open and is very frustrating.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 06:26 PM

push down on the bonnet above the catch, this helps to take the pressure off and makes it easier to open. I would suggest that you buy the replacement kit and get it done next time you get the bonnet open, to prevent you from getting it closed once and for all!



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:20 AM

Hi Guys, I'm the latest  member to join, and I'm hoping someone can help me.  I've read with great interest the posts regarding

opening the Focus bonnet, but there's no bowden cable or white collar visible through the plastic grill on my car, the model is 2004 1.8L estate diesel, the key and 2 spares refuse to move either way.  I need to gain access to hydraulic reservoir to bleed brakes,so it's rather urgent, local Ford dealer estimated £150!

I'll be really greatful if any member can help, Thanks in anticipation.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:01 PM

There has to be another way of opening this STUPID bonnet!! I have just spent  over 2 hours trying to open an 07 plate Focus bonnet. I've had long thin screwdrivers, shorter fatter screwdrivers, I've pushed as hard as I can on top, left, right, bottom, top again and again and again..... Turning key, pushing bonnet down, bouncing bonnet, pushing key, not pushing key, two pairs of hands and not so much as a click. Now I'm a confident DIYer and a reasonable home mechanic but this has to be THE MOST IDIOTIC design for a bonnet catch!!! What total numbskull came up with this? Do I need to rip the grill out to get to the release? Sorry for the rant - I'm just a little p***ed off with it right now. I'll go and get a Snickers...



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 03:20 PM

It's tricky but sometimes biting the bullet is the easiest answer. If you have put the pressure all around and pushed on the bonnet while turning the key then there is not much more to do other than repeat the efforts

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:09 PM

I'm another victim of this problem but I maybe in deep trouble. I managed to pop the lower part of the grill off and noticed the end of the plastic catch had snapped. I then tried to twist the catch to see if the bonnet would open but the piece came off in my hand so I am now unsure if I can open the bonnet by removing the rubber bung and applying pressure with a screw driver? :(

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:48 PM

Could anyone please describe the next, more destructive, step to opening this bonnet? I assume that I am going to have to replace the grill, so once through there, am I drilling out fixing bolts or does it involve more work on the white plastic collet or the cable?



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:02 PM

I would price up a new bonnet, perhaps an angle grinder around the joint could work.

 

I would say dont, just take it to Ford and leave it to be their problem. It will be a damned site cheaper in the long run!



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 10:10 PM

OK. Here's my solution: Buy a replacement grill from ECP and a bonnet lock repair kit from your friendly local Ford dealer. While you're at the Ford dealer, ask the very helpful service manager how to get the ****ing bonnet open. Listen very carefully to what he says, follow his advice, and after an hour or so working through the hole in the grill that you neatly made with your multi-tool, you will be able to access the white cross shaped coupler that you need to turn with some long nose pliers or (as in my case) a wedged-on box spanner to open the bonnet. When the stupid thing is open, rejoice quietly and repeat "well, that wasn't so bad" many times until you believe it. Remove your existing lock barrel by pushing out the long rollpin and sawing across the top of the two short ones until you can fish them out. Insert old lock barrel into new cable assembly and secure with rollpins from the kit. Undo two 10mm bolts that hold lock mechanism and remove. Pull out old cross coupler and any remnants of the old white plaastic housing and connect the new cable. Poke through hole and refit bolts. Assemble and fit new grill and push lock barrel into its locating slot, ensuring that plastic catches hold it in place. Check many many times to the point of onset of OCD that the key now operates the lock mechanism BEFORE CLOSING THE BONNET!!!!! Carfefully close bonnet with a firm push - don't drop it down. I can't pretend it was easy, but should only take half a day for a first attempt. I should be quicker next time................



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